At International Conference in India, Acharya argues piracy can be prevented by addressing its root causes
Professor Upendra Acharya gave the Keynote Address at the Global Maritime Security and Anti-Piracy Conference in Gujarat, India, on November 26-27, 2011.
The topic of Professor Acharya’s presentation was Humanitarian Aid and Assistance: Its Role in Constraining the Resurgence of Piracy. Approximately 40 countries’ governmental and non-governmental agencies and academic institutions, different UN agencies, and private security companies participated in this conference.
Professor Acharya suggested that the right to humanitarian aid and assistance for the victims of disaster prone areas, who sometimes turn to piracy, must be recognized and implemented through existing human rights, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law. Piracy can be prevented by addressing its root causes, rather than considering pirates only as criminals and not human beings.